Monday November 11: Agriculture and Climate Change


Topic: Agriculture & Climate Change

Speaker: Amber Campbell Hibbs – Kansas State University

Date: Monday, November 11th at 7:30 pm

Location: The Donut Whole (1720 E. Douglas)

Climate is a dominant factor for crop production in the central Great Plains. Projected climate changes in Kansas include increasing temperatures, larger daily precipitation events and longer and more frequent heat waves. These shifts will impact agricultural production, water supply, and human health. With over 90% of its land area devoted to agriculture, the central Great Plains will be profoundly affected by climate change. Several research projects at Kansas State University are working to better understand how Kansans perceive changes in climate and provide locally relevant, climate education.

Amber Campbell Hibbs is an adjunct assistant professor of Anthropology at KSU and the Extension Project Coordinator for a Coordinator Agricultural Program (CAP) on focusing on cattle grazing and climate change as well as the Project Coordinator for the Kansas NSF EPSCoR Climate Change Mitigation Project. She works with university faculty, partners, and project stakeholders at the local, state, and regional levels to promote climate literacy. Previously, she served as the Project Coordinator for the Central Great Plains Climate Education Partnership (CGP-CEP) which ended in August 2013. The CGP-CEP worked to develop and implement climate education programs throughout the Central Great Plains region which enabled agricultural producers and rural community members to integrate the best available scientific information about climate into individual and community decisions.

Amber has a Ph.D. in Biocultural Anthropology from Emory University and a B.S. in Anthropology from Kansas State University. Her research involves human interactions with the environment through food production and their impacts on health and well being.

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